Polaris big on blood drives, donates ATV

Publish Date: 
Sep 21, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Polaris Industries Inc. has awarded an ATV to a Duluth resident and longtime blood donor as the prize in a random drawing promotion sponsored by Memorial Blood Centers.

Throughout July, volunteers who stepped up to give blood with Memorial Blood Centers became eligible to enter the Fishing for Donors campaign and a chance to win the Polaris ATV. Jon Nelson, a donor since 1981, was presented with the ATV during a ceremony celebrating the cause of blood donation at Memorial Blood Centers' headquarters in St. Paul.

Over 30 local hospital partners rely on Memorial Blood Centers to supply more than 2,000 units of blood every month — including throughout the summer when blood donations are typically low. Special promotions and giveaways — like the ATV from Polaris — can often be instrumental in encouraging blood donors to make a special effort to donate during this time.

Polaris CEO Scott W. Wine noted that Polaris employees also participate in blood drives at company sites.

"They have been enthusiastic blood donors since we hosted our first drive in 1997. Thirty blood drives and 114 gallons later, the number of donated units of blood still continues to grow year after year,” he said. “Employees at our Medina/Plymouth location, for example, recently tripled their donations over the previous drive, and our Osceola location held its first-time drive this past June."

Posted  by Holly Wagner